Small Home Improvements That Can Make A Big Difference

Every little bit helps when it comes to improving and maintaining your home. Below you will find six improvement tips related to interior painting, conserving energy, and protecting your floors. Keep them handy for when they’re needed.

1. Vacate the room as much as feasible. Though you may be prepared to try to just shove everything into the center of a room and try to paint around it, rather than taking everything out of the room (which can seem like lots of work), leaving your possessions in the room when you paint will make the job more difficult and awkward, and will only risk damaging your possessions with paint drips and splatters.

2. Become familiar with when to use foam brushes and rollers. Foam paint applicators are low priced and can perform a great job. They permit you to buy a complete set of different shapes and sizes for the same price as one or two traditional paint brushes. Foam brushes are perfect for touch-ups and smaller areas. The rollers are perfect for a smooth finish and won’t splatter paint. They’ll break apart on anything other than a smooth surface, though, so don’t use them on a roughly textured wall. You’ll save a lot of money by choosing foam for the right surface.

3. Install solar power panels. Though this is an expensive renovation to start, by setting up solar panel systems on your roof, you’ll put a huge dent in your energy bill. Your home will be cost efficient as a whole. Different models will either produce electricity for your home or be used to produce hot water.

4. Install energy-saving light fixtures. Though energy-saving light fixtures cost about the same as more typical models, they are generally less expensive to install and can save you money over the years by reducing electricity usage. By combining their use with energy-efficient bulbs, you’ll save even more.

5. Sprinkle baking soda on area rugs and carpets. Before you vacuum, lightly dust your rugs and carpets with baking soda. This will help to remove any moisture and can get rid of odors such as those absorbed from food and pets. Just remember that this will fill your vacuum canister or bag more quickly so you’ll need to empty it more often. That said, it will help to increase the life span of your carpet, which will also need fewer steam cleanings, saving you time, money, and energy.

6. Protect floors from your drop cloth by vacuuming. Dust caught between your drop cloth and your wood, laminate, or other types of flooring can cause scratches as though you’d used sandpaper. Save cash and frustration by vacuuming the floors before you lay the drop cloth down on top of them.